It's no secret how badly Intel wants in on the mobile computing market. The silicon manufacturer has been hard at work developing the technology inside emerging Ultrabooks, as well as putting their weight behind the tablet and smartphone OS MeeGo. Unfortunately for Intel, the effort behind MeeGo likely won't amount to much. Nokia has ditched the OS, leaving Intel with quite the conundrum.
Android X86 is a project that ports the open-source version of the Android mobile operating system for computers and tablets; the "X86' refers to a 32-bit X86 processor. This project is small and unaffiliated with the official Android system. The system doesn't have traditional system requirements, as with a standard operating system, but rather a list of tested systems. When installing Android X86, choose a release that best matches your computer.
For sure, I’m a bit curious about this Android. That’s why I want to try and look and feel the real environment of this being popular open source mobile operating system. After a quick googling, I landed to the Android x86 project page. They aim to port the Android to be usable and runnable on x86 platform; PC, netbook, notebook, etc.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--A developer in Taiwan has been making internet waves with his new but unauthorized release of a Google Android Ice Cream source code for x86 devices, aimed specifically at PCs. Chih-Wei Huang runs the Android-x86 group, which is not part of Google's official Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Instead, Huang's initiative is being funded and supported by Intel Corp's chip rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD).
This video provides an overview of Intel® Embedded Development Board 1-N450 (devboard) and shows how one can install or run Android-x86*on devboard. Find the related step-by-step Android and other operating system installation guides at Development Board Software page.
Since Android-x86 2.2 was officially released a few days ago, I figured I'd provide a quick rundown of how to get it up and running in VirtualBox. All in all, it is pretty straightforward. Download, install, download, install. But if you've never installed a Linux based system before, some of the steps will look quite foreign. Plenty of screenshots will help with that!
Would you like to try out Google's Android OS on your netbook or desktop? Here's how you can run Android from a flash drive and see how fast Android can run on real hardware!